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Rippa's a wrestling fan.  He has a lot of experience telling content providers to go to hell on a weekly basis.

Came across a strange gaming website while I was searching the net for reviews of Tenma de Jack, an obscure PS1 platformer loosely based on Jack and the Beanstalk (the goal of the game seems to be to climb a giant beanstalk).

http://lunaticobscurity.blogspot.com/

Basically, it's a gamer's blog devoted to reviewing obscure games.  Really, really, really obscure games.  Like, I went through 60 entries in the PS1 section and knew a bit about maybe six games.  And I've spent a fair bit of time searching the internet for obscure retro games to add to my want list.  Basically, this is a fascinating site for people who think Hardcore Gaming 101 is too mainstream.  Many of these games are obscure even to people who dabble in obscure games.  If you're familiar with 70's Robot Anime Geppy-X or Moon: Remix RPG Adventure and think those are too mainstream, well, go outside and play.  You've spent far too much time researching games.  Get some sunlight, son!

When you come back in, look at Lunatic Obscurity.

Fair warning: Almost all of the games reviewed are PS2 generation or older.  Mostly older.  And virtually everything on the site is a Japan exclusive.  And my initial impression is that a lot of these games are obscure for a reason (ie, they're not good enough to get talked up by import gamers).

Hell, the dude regularly reviews Net Yaroze games.  First time I've come across Net Yaroze reviews.

 

 

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17 hours ago, Player One said:

So is anyone else here really into console porn?

Er.... i mean..... retro hardware.  Yeah, that's what I meant.

I'm increasingly more interested in collecting hardware.  Truthfully, I'll never be hooked on playing video games.  i play some, but I get more enjoyment out of collecting retro games than I do playing them.  Playing is the least interesting side of the hobby for me.  I'm fascinated by the process of game design and I enjoy researching and obscure and little-known games.  And it turns out I'm really into the hardware.

At the moment, I'm more willing to spend a lot on hardware - particularly if it's boxed with the original manual and inserts.  I own about 30 retro consoles (10 different systems ranging from NES to original Xbox).  For most of the systems, I own both a US and a Japanese (J-NTSC) console.  And I'm starting to pick up rare variants.  I own a couple of the limited edition metallic PS2's released in Japan, the limited edition of the white Saturn console that was only available in Japan at Christmas (in original box and packaging), the really rare Saturn with the Sonic insignia on it (a Toys R US special in Japan), a PS1 Net Yaroze development console, etc.

Buying peripherals - light guns, PS 1 mouse, fighting sticks, the 3D Saturn controller - has become a higher priority for me that actually playing games - especially if I can find said accessory in the original box.  I have a couple of the Saturn 3D controllers around, but I bought another one this morning because it was the Japanese Nights into Dreams bundle with the original box and packaging.  

At the moment, my main priority isn't to buy games.  It's buying a working CRT TV (or, more likely, a couple) and figuring out what I need to do to optimize the signal on the retro setup.

I'm kinda glad my gaming interest ends with the PS2/Xbox generation.  Releasing consoles in multiple colors and lots of limited editions only really became a big thing with the PS2 and later.  I hate to think how many different PS3's and 4's I'd own if that was my thing.,

So, yeah, console porn..... Anyone else into this?

i still consider myself a gamer more than a collector, but if i'm being honest with myself that's likely not true. there's SOOOO many games i own that i haven't played.

Systems i own:  Atari 2600, NES, SNES, Genesis, 32x, Virtual Boy, n64, PS2, Gamecube, Wii-U, Switch. all are hooked up and can be played at a moment's notice. i've got well over 500 games spread across these systems. I've had to cut myself off at variants and other regions- i'd go insane trying to get everything.

My first love is the NES, for which i own 175 games. I've got a complete collection for both the 32x (32 games) and Virtual Boy (14 games). 

i do love odd accessories, although i don't care about the packaging. for the NES i've got a few different Zapper light guns, a couple different multitaps, a working ROB, and a Power Glove (non-working, just for display). Recently picked up the Japan-only SNES Bomberman multitap because Bomberman's awesome and it works on US consoles.

 

14 hours ago, Player One said:

i am vaguely familiar with two of the NES games and both of the Sega 32x games. And i am sold on the sole GameCube game he reviews. great find on this site!

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There's no CCG thread, and this is more video game related, but...

So a few people I follow on Twitch started playing the MtG game, and I kinda sorta watch it, but don't have a fucking clue what's going on. So, what's the learning curve if I just grabbed the PC game and started learning?  For reference, my CCG experience is limited to playing Yu-Gi-Oh! a ton until Zoodiacs destroyed all the fun from the game (about 2 years ago).  

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There's a small set of tutorial missions/basic shit you go through that unlocks some decks to help you out. A couple of the free decks are 100% no joke. I want to say it's not that hard a game to really get the hang of, but I mean, I played Magic many years ago before I came back to it for a while with Arena so a lot of it for me was muscle memory with only a couple new things to learn. I will say you can absolutely put $0 into Arena and have fun with it.

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I can't vouch for Arena, but if it's like Planeswalkers 2015 (or whatever the final year of that was) the tutorial is a lot like a chess tutorial. You will learn the rules and what you can and can't do, but will still have to learn the ways those rules interact and what they mean to each other yourself. You'll have everything you need to beat the first few stages of the campaign but a human who isn't equally ignorant will butcher you and sell you as bacon to your next of kin.

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A lot of that is just familiarity with the most common decks. Eventually you will start to recognize that if you see cards A B and C there is a 95% certainty you are also going to see cards D and E and that's when you actually are going to make headway. That's not really a Magic thing, just a universal CCG learning curve issue.

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I just got Dark Souls 3 for PC just recently.  and holy fuck is Cathedral of the Deep a huge fucking dick.  I'm not even talking about the respawning enemies.  I'm talking the way up and over the rooftops.  Those little hat-wearing dicks, those things that are quick and deal out a ton of bleed damage.  God damn.  I swear I've been trying to make it through that area forever.  I do love these games but damn, sometimes the enemies are really cheap.

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So, in the continued collected thoughts of someone perpetually 3 years behind the times and about whom you give zero shits and even fewer fucks, Doom is fairly fun. Quite the difference between that and Duke Nukem Forever in terms of wait and payoff. I played maybe 10 minutes of the latter and felt like my Humble Bundle dollar was wasted. It tries soooooooo hard to be "Duke" and is more boring than a CBS police procedural. Doom, on the other hand, leans into each and every game that leapfrogged it - Half Life, Dead Space, even Metroid - and just injects a bunch of rock and roll adrenaline.  There are things that bug me, like how the reticle is steady, but I see how it'd be too difficult otherwise. That's how you reboot. 

 

I still won't pay $15 for it, though. Good thing for Game Pass. 

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4 hours ago, D.Z said:

At least Sonic isn't in a car. 

But those games are actually very, very good, so Sonic in a car is acceptable. Maybe he wants to put himself on even ground with his competitors. Or maybe he wants to actually make a hairpin turn every once in awhile.

Then again, he struggled to catch up to a fleeing Dr. Robotnik in the 16-bit games all the time, so maybe he's just not that fast. 

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